In a significant move ahead of the upcoming Nagarjuna Sagar constituency by-election, necessitated by the sudden passing of sitting MLA Nomula Narsimhaiah
, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today announced sops for Nalgonda district where the constituency is located.
Amidst thundering applause at a public meeting in Haliya, his first since the Covid-19 outbreak, the CM announced several sops for the district.
He announced that the government would give Rs 20 lakh to each of the 844 gram panchayats in the district, and Rs 10 crore and Rs 5 crore to the Nalgonda and Miryalaguda municipalities respectively, and expressed his hopes that the funds would be used to develop the district.
KCR also added that the government would extend funds to the district for the development of irrigation systems and other basic amenities' infrastructure, and would also offer a whole host of social welfare pensions and ration cards to the eligible people besides addressing all the land disputes in the area soon.
The CM then announced that the youth from the Nayi Brahmin community would receive Rs 1 lakh each for setting up modern haircutting salons in their respective villages.
During the meeting, KCR also took a dig at the parties of the Opposition - the BJP and the Congress, and warned the leaders of the two parties from indulging in any misinformation campaigns against the government or the TRS.
He said that the state government would not tolerate any slander, and would take strict action against those maligning it.
Targeting the Congress, the CM accused previous Congress regimes of having "neglected" the development of the state entirely, and said that the regime had built the Nagarjuna Sagar dam simply for commissions.
"The Congress is bringing false allegations of commissions and omissions in the irrigation projects launched by our government. This is simply untrue. I would urge its leaders to stop making such derogatory comments. I would also like to ask them whether their party had built the Nagarjuna Sagar dam simply for commissions," he said.
Parties in the state have begun to trade allegations as the by-election inches closer. These exchanges are likely to become more and more unpleasant the closer the election draws.